• Sep 28, 2009
2009 Porsche Boxster S – Click above for high-res image gallery

After a great deal of international haggling, Magna ended up winning the competition for Opel. One of the many questions to be answered now is: How will the deal affect Magna's engineering and assembly business? Even as companies like VW and BMW have said they would be looking closely at working with Magna if it owned Opel, Magna head Frank Stronach must have been convinced he could keep his clients happy.

That hasn't happened yet, and now Porsche is saying it might take future production away from Magna. The Stuttgart firm contracted Magna to build the next Boxster and Cayman in 2013 in Austria, but now it's worried that its costs and engineering might end up in the wrong hands if left with Magna.

Porsche's alternatives would be to keep Boxster production in-house at Zuffenhausen, where the cars are currently made, or to contract with Karmann, which just earned a chunk of VW's electric car business. The alternatives for Magna, though, aren't so clear – with BMW and VW also casting wary eyes, does it continue with the carmaker adventure at the risk of losing the business that got it to the top in the first place?



[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't buy it for a minute
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess GM wasn't the only company that worried about Magna being in bed with the Russians. History being the best teacher, they have stolen and reproduced US technology before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Boxster currently is made in Finland at Valmet. Rather than producing it in Zuffenhausen, Porsche would probably choose to enlarge the Leipzig plant where currently the Panamera and the Cayenne are made. Her in the Saxony land and wages are much cheaper than in Swabia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, VW has been threatening to drop Magna if it bought Opel, and now with Porsche, it's making good on that threat. Fiat is already planning on moving Chrysler and Jeep production to Italy. Next, Mercedes, BMW, And Aston Martin.

      It's clear that Magna depends on contract manufacturing to help it stay afloat (building parts and componets make up the rest). Now, it seems to be alienating itself in the business buy buying Opel. For their sake, I hope thay can make the Opel deal work, or Magna is history.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe RHJ will end up with Opel after all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What secrets??? are they talking about??? Any specific "secrets" they have in the engineering front has a Patent attached to it for the world to see...not to mention every other automotive manufacture always buys the competitor's car and dissects them to see what new techniques where used and alter them just enough to make it their own...Too much drama these days...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure if it's a good idea but like others I'm not sure if I buy it. We'll see though, porsche usually has a haphazard history of retrofits.

      You say batman I saw vawncast the world changes